The Hammer + Sickle Tradicion Serie was created back in 2009, and is blended with a 5 year aged Connecticut shade wrapper. It was awarded No. 11 cigar in the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 list in 2015.
Sold in 20 count handmade etched glass cases, they are available in Robusto (5x50), Toro (6x50), or Churchill (7x48) vitolas.
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On the nose, the Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper gives lots of dry wood, hay, with more intense dry hay in the foot.
Using a Xikar v-cut on the Tradicion Serie Churchill, the draw is in the ideal zone.
My initial draw impressions are a sweet graham cracker, with some subtle, dry wood post draw. On the retrohale I get some coffee notes. As the first third starts to settle in there’s some leather and white pepper post draw. Some creaminess starts to develop. I’m surprised at the amount of body here, given that it’s sported a Connecticut Shade wrapper. At the halfway point of the first third all of the flavors are balanced with the creaminess anchoring them nicely. I am getting a bit of a drying mouthfeel from the post draw cedar.
As the Tradicion Serie moves into the middle third the leather steps up in intensity to a medium strength with a thick, coating mouthfeel. As the middle third settles in I get some light earthiness on the post draw which is almost immediately run over by the intense leather. At the halfway point of the middle third there’s a barbeque smokiness at a light medium adding some more complexity to the flavor profile.
Moving into the last third, the earth that was light in the middle third, has ramped up almost to medium plus running the leather and the creaminess over. As the last third settles in there’s a fruity sour note on the regular draw. That note carries into the post draw and then the bold earthiness takes over.
Total smoking time 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Don’t let the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper on the Hammer + Sickle Tradicion Serie fool you. This cigar packs a lot of flavor and body, and is a great smoking experience from start right down to the nub.
Coffee is a natural pairing here. I could see myself pairing a Syrah or a Merlot here, as the cigar has enough body to stand up to a red wine.